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First New England Patriots Uniform change in 20 years

First New England Patriots Uniform change in 20 years

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Like everything else, Patriots Day looks different this year. The Boston Marathon has been postponed and Patriots players are reporting to work virtually instead of heading back to Gillette Stadium.

Despite this, the Patriots managed to give a gift on the holiday that shares its name.

The Patriots unveiled the team's new uniforms Monday morning, the first change to the primary uniform in 20 years. What was previously known as the Patriots alternate uniform has been promoted to the team's home primary, and an entirely new version has been unveiled for away games.

The switch is a step to modernize the Patriots look, a process that started more than two years ago.

The blue-on-blue home uniforms made their debut in 2016 under the NFL’s “Color Rush” campaign, and while the league discontinued "Color Rush" before the 2018 season, the uniforms lived on as the team's alternate uniform through 2019.

Starting this season, the 2020 blue home uniforms are mostly identical to the "Color Rush" uniforms, with small tweaks made to the fonts on both the numbers and nameplates and red, white, and blue color-blocked socks making their debut. The navy-on-navy combination is then complete with bold red and white stripes on the pants and the sleeves, where the Patriots' "Flying Elvis" logo is featured prominently.

While the home uniform is largely the same as the "Color Rush" design, the Patriots will have an entirely new look for away trips. The white road jerseys have gotten a fresh upgrade to match their blue siblings.

The blue pants will remain the same for both uniforms, but the away jersey is now complementary to the home with strong red and blue stripes on the shoulders and blue numbers outlined in silver and red.

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